Old Town native Aron Gaudet’s film about the struggles of three Bangor International Airport troop greeters opened Friday in New York City for a theatrical run.
“The Way We Get By,” a documentary that follows area residents Jerry Mundy, Bill Knight and Joan Gaudet, who is Aron’s mother, is playing at the IFC Film Center in Greenwich Village.
The film will have a one- to two-week engagement there, said Heter Myers of Murphy PR in New York.
“The Way We Get By” already has had favorable reviews from two New York media outlets, The New York Times and New York magazine.
Times reviewer Jeannette Catsoulis called the film, directed and edited by Gaudet, “unfailingly modest and profoundly humane.”
“As the three [troop greeters] wage their own private battles — with illness, loneliness and crippling debt — the director slowly extrapolates a portrait of society’s overlooked: those whose compassion reflects an awareness that death is more than an abstraction,” she wrote.
The 84-minute documentary was named an editor’s pick in New York magazine, which said it was “a depressing film, no doubt, but also an important one.”
“The Way We Get By,” which is produced by Gita Pullapilly, who is Gaudet’s fiancee, also will be screened at the Indianapolis International Film Festival this weekend, followed by the Woods Hole Film Festival in Massachusetts. The Los Angeles premiere will be Aug. 14.
Closer to home, the film is playing at the Center Theater in Dover-Foxcroft at 2 p.m. Saturday, the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick for three days starting July 23, and at the Temple Theater in Houlton for three days starting Aug. 2.
For information on the film or showtimes, go to www.thewaywegetbymovie.com and click on Screenings.